Phrases with "dining"

George Meredith You will give me great pleasure by dining with me to-night, at the hotel opposite. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Jonathan Swif I dined to-day with Lord Treasurer, who chid me for not dining with him yesterday, for it seems I did not understand his invitation; and their Club of the Ministry dined together, and expected me. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Sinclair Lewis Their electric torches showed the dining room to be a wreckglass scattered and broken, drawers of the buffet on the floor, curtains torn down. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

The doctor was dining by himself that night and after a brief word and a hard stare at his new menial, he sank into a contemplative silence as if he were quite alone in the room. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Gertrude Stein And then in the future beside the petit bleu in which he proposed our dining with him he would send another petit bleu saying that he would come one afternoon to take just tea. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Edith Wharton We’re dining with the Ellings, you know. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They discussed the situation, dining at a famous club, on the night of his return. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Mr. Sheldon happened to be dining out on this particular evening. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

He called again next day, and was told that she was dining with the Duchess of Portland at Whitehall, and was to accompany her grace to the Duchess of Norfolk’s ball in the evening. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Willa Cather He looked affectionately about the dining room, now gilded with a soft mist. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Alfred Ainger He had sometimes to tell of headache and indisposition, as when he had been dining with the poets the night before, where they had not “quaffed Hippocrene, but Hippocrass rather. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Elizabeth Gaskell Only a fortnight ago And all so changed! Where was he now? In London — going through the old round; dining with the old Harley Street set, or with gayer young friends of his own. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

H. G. Wells Moreover, he had a method of cooking the lake fish that was very appetising, and he made a great dish of them so that everyone who was dining in the place could have some. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Anthony Trollope In the course of the evening Emily got letters addressed to herself, from Lady Eustace and Mrs Leslie, informing her that they would have very much pleasure in dining with her on the day named. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

I will spare the reader all a lover’s arts by which he succeeded in dining where she dined, in dancing where she danced, in overtaking her by accident when she rode. The Box Tunnel by Charles Reade

D. H. Lawrence The dining room was right downstairs. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Sometimes when I count upon dining with him alone, behold, a crowd of guests will come in. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

George Meredith He sent to his mother’s stables, and rode at a gallop round Milan, dining alone in one of the common hotel gardens, where he was a stranger. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Thomas Hardy It was possible that, had the young lady accompanied her brother to church, there would have been no dining at Narrobourne House that day. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells He had been dining with friends. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

A complete Sevres dining service and silver appropriate thereto was the final straw. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

The tradition is, that when Queen Elizabeth received the intelligence of the defeat of the Armada, she was dining off a goose — doubtless about eleven o’clock in the morning. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

Benjamin Disraeli I must insist upon Miss Ferrars dining at table. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Nellie Bly A dining car was attached in the evening but I was informed by the women that it was not exactly the thing for us to eat in a public car with men, so we continued to be served in our state rooms. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

George Gissing When dining alone or with Hugh, she dressed as carefully as for a ceremonious occasion. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

E. F. Benson I had been dining one night at the far end of the village, and about eleven o’clock was walking home again. Mrs. Amworth by E. F. Benson

Gertrude Stein Also that in a picture-book that one of her brothers used to show her there was a story of the wanderings of Ulysses who when sitting sat on bent-wood dining room chairs. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I knew him out in Singapore.” Freda set down her empty glass, gripped her companion’s arm and led him towards the dining room. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Benjamin Disraeli London is deficient in dining capability. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Sir Dace Fontaine’s mode of dining was elaborate; and, what with the side-dishes, the puddings and the dessert, it was never over much before nine o’clock. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Gaston Leroux You notice that this enormous dining hall is surrounded by those windowed balconies. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Isabella Bird Having received the key of my room, I took my supper in an immense hall, calculated for dining 400 persons. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

And now this tale of a woman’s hysterics and a crowned snake; and this horrible smell that had penetrated into the Tighes’ dining room. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Jonathan Swif I sat to-night at Lady Masham’s, where Lord Treasurer came and scolded me for not dining with him. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Sandy, as was his habit at Laverlaw, wore the faded green coat of a Border dining club, but it didn’t make him look, as it usually did, a Scots laird snug among his ancestral possessions. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Henry James He had been dining there in the company of that young lady and her mother, as well as of other persons, and he had gone into the petit salon, at Chad’s request, on purpose to talk with her. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

In fact I must go off, as I am dining with the Murray Poshs to-night. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

George Gissing In a room tolerably well furnished as dining and sitting-room combined, appeared to be collected the whole of the Whiffle family; Mr. Orlando Whiffle, Mrs. Whiffle, and the eight children. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

E. F. Benson She said ‘Oh, how kind, Miss Leg. You are lucky, dear Diva.’ And they were going on to see the church afterwards, and Leg’s dining with the Mapp-Flints tomorrow. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Benjamin Disraeli But I am afraid,’ said the Doctor, shaking his head, ‘she has not been in the habit of dining so well as we have today. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Fancy my dining at the camp! It’s about the best practical joke I ever carried out, and I’ve been in a good many. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Sinclair Lewis I’d like a parlor and coupla of bedrooms and a few private dining rooms. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Let us hope they may stay with us yet awhile, for they are the only really ENGLISH restaurants London has, and our only link with the dining habits of the past. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Then, getting near town, I suggested telephoning Mrs. Brendon that we should be dining out and that she need not prepare anything for me. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Henry James Her parents were dining out, and she was just in the drawing-room with some of her sisters. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Henry Handel Richardson Only the four of them were present at dinner, and the meal passed off smoothly; though the strangeness of dining in a big hotel had the effect of tying Laura’s tongue. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Willa Cather With a shudder of disgust the lawyer went into the dining room and closed the door into the kitchen. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Then my attention wandering, my eyes roved round the dining car, and at the far end I saw a man whose face was familiar to me. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Henry Adams What result could a student reach from it? Once, on returning to London, dining with Stopford Brooke, some one asked Adams what impression the Royal Academy Exhibition made on him. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

A voice from an open doorway: “Tell them I’ll be dining at the club. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Anthony Trollope When you go to a concert at Buckingham Palace you pay nothing, it is true, for your ticket; and a Cabinet Minister dining with you does not eat or drink more than your old friend Jones the attorney. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Last night I had Mr. Tonans dining here;—he wished to meet you; and you must have a private meeting with Mr. Whitmonby: he will be useful; others as well. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Jane Austen An opportunity was soon to be given to the Dashwoods of debating on the rest of the children, as Sir John would not leave the house without securing their promise of dining at the park the next day. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They left the dining room at 9. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Guy de Maupassant In the evening the priest came to dinner, an old, fat priest, accustomed to dining there on Sundays, but who had been especially invited this day in honor of the new guest. Friend Joseph (L'Ami Joseph) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Jonathan Swif I dined in the City, and sat an hour in the evening with Lord Treasurer, who was in very good humour; but reproached me for not dining with him yesterday and to-day. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Gaston Leroux That is why we take these precautions of dining and smoking a cigar. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Jonathan Swif Lord Treasurer is still out of order, and that breaks our method of dining there to-day. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Sinclair Lewis The routine of dining with the Pennlosses every Sunday noon. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Discovering that they had not yet been in the house for tea, he led the way thither, and through a throng of people in the hall, and so into the dining room. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Charles Dickens I have been dining with the day’s client; or seeing him dine — it’s all one!” “That was a rare point, Sydney, that you brought to bear upon the identification. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Gertrude Stein Without any screens or partitions he had made himself three rooms, the first third had his parlour furniture, the second third his dining room furniture and the last third his bedroom furniture. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

He had long given up dining out or dining others, on account of his age. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Henry James Was Laura dining at home? Was any one coming? He should enjoy a quiet dinner awfully. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Anthony Trollope He spent the whole day with her, dining with her in her lodgings at five in order that he might take her to the theatre at seven. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Jonathan Swif I missed this day by a blunder and dining in the City.11 3. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

The pilgrims were dining in the mess-room, and I took my place opposite the manager, who lifted his eyes to give me a questioning glance, which I successfully ignored. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Sinclair Lewis Why shouldn’t Paul be dining with a respectable married woman? Why had he lied to the clerk about being Paul’s brother-in-law? He had acted like a child. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mildred was naturally anxious to introduce him to her friends, and several people whom he knew by sight had noticed him dining with them. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Anatole France For twenty years he had been preoccupied by nothing except dining out. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Edith Wharton Lily was quite ready to gratify this curiosity, but it happened that she was dining out. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Edith Wharton Mr. Robert Huzzard and his daughters are dining here this evening, by the way, and will no doubt be expecting to see the latest French novelties in stocks and waistcoats. False Dawn by Edith Wharton

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was a scene of wild confusion into which he stepped—a bourgeois-looking dining room it might have been, or the salle à manger of a pension. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Ford Madox Ford He had been dining at Marie Léonie’s. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Edith Wharton It came on suddenly, you know, and she asked me to tell you how awfully sorry she was — if she’d known where you were dining she’d have sent you word. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

E. Phillips Oppenheim And now, the first night that I am here, you are dining out. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

In half an hour he ought to be dining with Canon Glynn to meet an old college friend. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

H. G. Wells Instead of living in great complete houses and dining at home, people lived in smaller houses or flats and dined in collective dining-rooms or restaurants. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

In the first scene, she was shown serving dinner to a middle-class family in an oak-paneled dining room full of heavy, carved furniture. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

One day about 1890 I had Meredith, Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde dining with me in Park Lane and the time of sex-awakening was discussed. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Anthony Trollope At Mr Goodall’s she remained some little time, dining at that gentleman’s house as well as signing the deed, and asking questions about the gas company. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather He reflected upon the mysterious dishes that were brought into the dining room, the green bottles in buckets of ice, as he had seen them in the supper party pictures of the Sunday World supplement. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

My master is dining out today. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

H. G. Wells I remembered how I went down to the garden gate as he came along, and how I had listened to his odd story of “Men from Mars.” I came down and went into the dining room. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Do I look as though I had been dining with anyone. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Arthur Machen I told him, and he insisted on my dining with him at the end of the week. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

G. K. Chesterton He would run over to Paris for the mere privilege of dining with him. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Edith Wharton Lily remained at home, lunching and dining alone with her aunt, who complained of flutterings of the heart, and talked icily on general topics. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

George Meredith And these gentlemen’s habits of yours of taking to dining late upset me. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

Henry James When they reached the house in the Cours la Reine Mr. Probert said: “I think you told me you’re dining out. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Anthony Trollope He hated people who were unsocial and averse to dining out, and who departed from the ways of living common among English country gentlemen. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Machen You said something about Argentine’s dining there. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

George Gissing The next morning, a young woman came to the house and inquired for Mrs. Cross; Bertha, who had opened the door, led her into the dining room, and retired. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

In the smaller dining-room the table was set for lunch as if we were to go on dining there forever; in the breakfast-room the service and the provision were as perfect as ever. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Gaston Leroux This happened in the afternoon, in the singer’s dressing-room, where they met every day and where they amused themselves by dining on three biscuits, two glasses of port and a bunch of violets. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Henry James But one day Bellegarde had been dining with him, at a restaurant, and they had sat long over their dinner. The American by Henry James [1877]

Besides, you’re dining with me, and after that we’ll see. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Willa Cather His two daughters and their husbands were dining with them, also an English visitor. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

As soon as my ablutions were performed, I sought the dining hut, but my hostess was not there. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Andrew Lang Many years later, Charles Dickens was in Edinburgh, reading his stories in public, and was dining with some Edinburgh people. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Virginia Woolf The hostility, the indifference of other people dining here is oppressive. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

John Galsworthy And it so happened that she was dining that very evening at Timothy’s, where she went sometimes to ‘cheer the old things up,’ as she was wont to put it. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was there, dining with Philip Bartlett. I thought he seemed rather gone on her that day at Ranelagh.” There was a cocktail at Harvey’s elbow and he drained it before he spoke. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

They lived, most of them, at court, near the person of the prince, sharing in his counsels, dining at his board, or supplied from his table. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

The fish (AMPHIPRION PERCULA) “intel-intel” of the blacks, is said to be commensal (literally, dining at the same table with its host), as distinguished from the parasite, which lives on its host. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Hearing you were dining here, he came on to see you, he says; is he to be shown into the drawing-room?” “Yes—no: I’ll come out and see him. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Sinclair Lewis Sissy came into the Jessup dining room wearily rubbing her forehead. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

In conducting me to the cabinet of his master, where I had to write this note, the servant led me through the dining room and parlor. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Ford Madox Ford You’re dining up at Mountby. The General will run you up. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Guy de Maupassant It was seldom that this gave her any concern; looking sometimes as though she had just returned from dining sans cèremonie; her locks having become dishevelled by the breezes. Miss Harriet by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Edith Wharton Four cooks left during this experiment, and Lethbury fell into the habit of dining at his club. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Flore was told the news, and warned that instead of dining at half-past one on the morrow, the usual Sunday hour, it would be delayed until three. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

With whom?” “With M. de Saint–Aignan.” “I know him—a most agreeable man, who was exceedingly polite to me the day I had the honor of dining with the king. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Oh! that reminds me! I’m dining with Lord Sanderson to-night and young Grainger will be there too. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

I’m dining out tonight — I must know. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Benjamin Disraeli Lady — — with Lord Cadurcis dining with her, and the new beauty for a niece, must have been in a most delectable state of bustle. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Henry James In dining two evenings before with her brother and with the Dormers Mrs. Dallow had been moved to exclaim that Peter and Nick knew the most extraordinary people. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Watkin Tench During our short stay we had every day some fresh proof of his Excellency’s esteem and attention, and had the honour of dining with him, in a style of equal elegance and splendor. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Benjamin Disraeli Mr. Bertie Tremaine asked Mr. Vigo to dinner, and introduced him to several distinguished youths of extreme opinions, who were dining off gold plate. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

She spent the rest of the afternoon and the whole of the evening in her grandmother’s sitting-room, dining tête-à-tête with the invalid for the first time since her illness. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

William Morris We two have been valianter than thou mayst have deemed, to have done the deed of dining there; for all men fear it. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Henry James He’s dining out that day,” she added gaily to Paul. “Oh bless me, yes — that’s charming! And you’re coming? My wife didn’t tell me,” St. George said to him. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

Mark Twain We distort a dozen sickly trees into unaccustomed shapes in a little yard no bigger than a dining room, and then surely they look absurd enough. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Henry James Maggie had wished to stay with him — for the Prince and she, dining out, had afterwards called in Portland Place, whence, in the event, they had brought her, Charlotte, on. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

George Meredith He denounced all dining out, eulogized Patterne Hall as if it were his home, and remembered he had dreamed in the night—a most humiliating sign of physical disturbance. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Joseph and a maid were engaged in laying the dining tables and a faint smell of cooking pervaded the premises. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Henry James He walked there on the crisp November nights, arrived regularly at the evening’s end; it was as easy to do this after dining out as to take his way to a club or to his hotel. The Jolly Corner by Henry James [1908]

Rudyard Kipling But give them their own dining halls and gathering grounds, and that divine spirit of youth, which seeks only an outlet, will create all the rest — lightly, unconsciously, but enduringly. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

I took him to mine, and when the gong sounded for the meal we sought the dining saloon together. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Olaf Stapledon He allowed her, however, to cancel his engagement to speak that evening at the Christian Forum. After dining alone he retired to his study for coffee and a smoke. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Willa Cather The same misty group that had stood before the door of the express car shuffled into the dining room. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Anthony Trollope His habit was to breakfast at home at his lodgings with Harry, and then to dine, as best he might, at some tavern, if he had not the good fortune to be dining out. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim At Monte Carlo she is there continually dining with royalty. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Mainwaring perhaps liked it because he was fond of dining anywhere away from home. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Henry James He had dressed as he usually didn’t dress for dining at home. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The dining room of Daisy Villa fronted the street, and was removed from it only a few feet. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

John Galsworthy I’m dining with Tony in a little grubby restaurant suited to our joint means. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope On the 5th of June I find him dining with Macready, to meet Sir J. Wilson, Panizzi, Landseer, and others. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Ivan Turgenev Madam is pleased to be dining to-night at the Countess Lasunsky’s. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

But I wish you could tell me why young Dunster insisted so much on my dining with his uncle last night. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She spoke to the cook about the special things for Charles and said that she herself was dining out. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Willa Cather When he went home, Eden’s room was dark; she was dining out somewhere. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Francis Bacon But this to be, if you do not point any of the lower rooms, for a dining place of servants. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Anthony Trollope At Christmas, for a fortnight, they went to Gatherum Castle and entertained the neighbourhood — the nobility and squirearchy dining there on one day, and the tenants and other farmers on another. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

He slapped his forehead and I passed in, pursued, into the dining room, by his screech: “I always said you’d be the death of me. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

E. Phillips Oppenheim As he passed the dining room he noticed that the table was laid for two. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Henry James I am not fond of books, as you are, sir, and I get tired of dining out and going to the opera. The American by Henry James [1877]

Jack London He had been used always to the laboratory, and so it was that he turned the dining room into a sociological laboratory. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Wilkie Collins Cecilia looked at her silent and surly companion, and almost envied her lazy sister, diningunder cover of a convenient headache — in her own room. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Thomas Hardy They give their whole attention to the art of dining out, after mastering a few rudimentary facts to serve up in conversation. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

They were in evening dress, had been dining somewhere, and were going on to a music-hall. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Ford Madox Ford Afterwards, dining alone with Sir Vincent and Lady Macmaster, he had seen, pinned up, a back view of the Sovereign doing something to Vincent; a photo for next morning’s papers. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

The poor Marchese, dying of curiosity, was obliged to make advances; he told Gonzo that, when he had the pleasure of dining with him, he ate twice as much as usual. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

E. Phillips Oppenheim He is dining now three places behind you to the right, with a young lady who has been making flagrant attempts at flirtation with me, notwithstanding my gray hairs. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Sinclair Lewis Mr. Wrenn yanked this bell-pull with an urbane briskness which, he hoped, would conceal his nervousness and delight in dining out. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Guy de Maupassant If the garden was in the shade, the house, on the other hand, was in the blazing sun, and the sweating room in the Turkish bath is not as hot as was my friend’s dining room. Old Mongilet (Le Père Mongilet) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

I do not hate dining at your house. Robert Louis Stevenson by E. Blantyre Simpson

E. F. Benson We know that now, at this moment, the vampire clad in her mortal semblance is out; dining out. Mrs. Amworth by E. F. Benson

Sidney Colvin We find him dining with Horace Smith in company with some fashionable wits, concerning whom he reflects:—“They only served to convince me how superior humour is to wit, in respect to enjoyment. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

They went into the other rooms on the lower floor — a scullery, a barely furnished dining room, and a storing place for lumber. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Jonathan Swif I have been dining at Lord Mountjoy’s; and am come to study; our news from Spain this post takes off some of our fears. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

So he abandoned philanthropy, and took to lecturing before the Anthropological and other societies, dining out, and calling on old friends. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

You’re dining with Burminster on Thursday aren’t you? We’ll talk about that business then. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Willa Cather An hour later, they were dining in the back garden of a little French hotel on Ninth Street, long since passed away. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

You figure us well dressed and active, running about in motor-cars, visiting in great people’s houses, dining amidst brilliant companies, going to the theatre, meeting in the lobby. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Virginia Woolf Either I’d been lunching with him or dining with him, she thought. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

H. G. Wells Then I discovered them dining at a separate table in the bow window, with red-shaded candles between them, peering out ever and again at this splendor that was neither night nor day. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Promptly, in twenty minutes, Absalom announced dinner, and, a moment later, the guest was ushered into the dining hall where Grandemont waited, standing, at the head of the table. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Thomas Carlyle He cannot even get his music copied: “By dint of dining out,” says he, “I run the risk of dying by starvation at home. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Anthony Trollope Indeed, in spite of his miseries he had taken to dining out a good deal, and was popular as an eater of dinners. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis She was the more absurd to herself in that, after the rite of dining alone, she could go out to the kitchen, lean against the sink, and talk to them. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

He’s in very high feather, riding about in broughams and dining at West-end taverns. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

She had been upset evidently because the inspector would not be dining with them alone. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Edith Wharton There was a familiar air about their overcoats and the way their smart silk mufflers were folded over their white ties; and he wondered how youths of their quality happened to be dining out so early. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Ford Madox Ford Not the society surely for madam!’ Tietjens said: ‘I never expected to have the pleasure of dining with Mrs Tietjens to-night . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Within a week the much delayed treaty was signed at Paris, London and St. Petersburg. De Grost and his wife were dining together at the corner table in a fashionable but somewhat Bohemian restaurant. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

If Slivers could only have seen the interior of Madame Midas’s dining room, by some trick of necromancy, he would certainly not have been able to do the subject justice in the swearing line. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

I was late for dinner and the dining room was crowded. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

E. F. Benson You’re dining too, by the way. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I come because the man Stevens is my enemy, and because I know that it will give him no pleasure to find you dining at the next table to-night when he parades his new conquest. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Robert Green Ingersoll And I would think much more of our government if it would fete and feast them, instead of wining and dining the imbeciles of a royal line. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

After dining at some restaurant, he and a number of friends would come round in their cars and sing and drink until well into the small hours of the Sunday morning. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

I got home one night at twelve, having been dining at Miss Deveen’s and going to a concert with her afterwards. Seeing Life by Ellen Wood [1871]

Edith Wharton He meant to stay away all day — he had thoughts of dining at his club. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Yet, reviewing the incidents of the evening—Matheson had been dining perhaps at “ Braemar”—it seemed to Corbett that he had hardly had a chance to exchange a word with him at all. At Twickenham by Ella D'Arcy [1897]

Bram Stoker But the instant she had disappeared he pulled me, suddenly and forcibly, into the dining room and closed the door. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Edith Wharton The young man, who was dining alone with his mother and sister, glanced up in surprise and saw Mrs. Archer’s gaze demurely bent on her plate. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Elizabeth Gaskell Many of the preachers would have ridden far, — was all in order in their rooms, and on the table in the great dining parlour? She had got into restless hurried ways of late. Morton Hall by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

James Joyce And all the priests used to be dining there. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Edward Bellamy Dreamily I reviewed the incidents of Decoration Day, my trip in company with Edith and her parents to Mount Auburn, and my dining with them on our return to the city. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

William Makepeace Thackeray What I complained of in my heart was not the dining — which, for this once, was plentiful and comfortable enough — but the prodigious dulness of the talking part of the entertainment. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Anthony Trollope Could you call your friend a liar more plainly than by saying to him that you would not say that he lied? They dined together, the two boys, also, dining with them, but very little was said at dinner. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis Three months’ rent he paid, and Hazel and he, somewhat timidly, provided electric stove and refrigerator, beds and a few chairs, and painted dining furniture. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim The dining room was, as they had expected, empty. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Trollope I met him dining at Castle Hautboy, when he was kind enough to make himself known to me, and again out hunting,—when he did more than make himself known to me. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Sinclair Lewis We’ve already, unfortunately, accepted a week-end invitation from some old friends — you see, I lived here a long time, before I was married — and tomorrow evening we’re dining out. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Benjamin Disraeli Lord Cadurcis was at Brookes’ dining at midnight, having risen since only a few hours. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Voltaire, dining at the Duc de Sully’s, where, we are told, he was on the footing of a son of the house, received a message that he was wanted outside in the street. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

He came darting back in no time, flung his hat away, and raced about the dining room moaning and slapping his forehead. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

George Gissing Their time for dining was seven. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]